The director of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum will be in Arlington later this month to discuss the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis.
Thomas Putnam, the director of the library since 2007, will lead the discussion on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Arlington High School at an event hosted by Arlington Community Education.
Putnam will recount how the Cuban missile crisis unfolded using archival video and excerpts from the secretly recorded tapes.
The crisis began when U.S. spy planes detected Soviet missiles in Cuba in October of 1962. President Kennedy ordered a naval blockade of Cuba as Soviet ships headed toward the island. A 13-day standoff ensued, and Putnam will discuss how close the world came to a nuclear exchange.
A question and answer period will follow Putnam’s presentation.
The program is the first of a fall speaker series being co-sponsored by Arlington Community Education and the League of Women Voters of Arlington.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.arlingtoncommunityed.org.